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Camp MAKESHOP: Introduction & Woodworking

This August we hosted our first-ever summer camp here in MAKESHOP! Designed for kids ages 10-12, each day was dedicated to a different form of making: woodworking, wearables and fiber, electronics, computer programming and digital manufacturing. At the end of camp we asked what people learned and liked, and every single medium was mentioned! Different kids with different interests all had fun and tried new things, an
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Chain Reactions and Animations

At the beginning of October we hosted yet another Youth Make event. During the night a lot of different projects were worked on by the kids and staff. Our wooden sewing model was given a suit of armor for its Halloween costume. There were a couple of sewing projects created during the night. As usual the kids hung out, ate a lot of pizza and made things. The main theme of the night was chain reactions and ramps. The
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Another Youth Maker Night, Another Awesome Animation

We held another of our Youth Maker Nights on August 1st. It seems to be running theme now that a couple of the kids are going to spend time making a stop-motion movie during the night. Above is another example of a very well crafted animation created by three friends. Stop-motion animation is always popular at Youth Maker Night. I think it might be the fact that you get to work together as a team while doing. It also
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Bottles, Cardboard, and Tape — Oh my!

[Crystal, one of our 2014 summer Maker Corps members — and now a MAKESHOP Educator! — reflects on facilitating recycled sculpture activities] Of my time spent in MAKESHOP this summer, one of the most remarkable activities I facilitated was Recycled Sculpture. For those of you who haven’t been to the MAKESHOP, Recycled Sculpture is an activity that is set up for visitors to create their own works of
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Saturday: Play by the Fire

On Saturday, September 13, MAKESHOP will be participating in an awesome event at Pittsburgh Glass Center called Play by the Fire from 6:00-9:00pm. Teens are invited to work with local arts organizations to try something new and connect with other young creative people and artists. There will be music to dance to provided by Kelly Strayhorn Theater, Swag Monkeys and Tracksploitation. We’re excited to try pizza b
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Skyworld

Throughout the month of August we built our very own Skyworld. We have made cardboard cities and underwater aquariums but never a world in the sky. What would a Skyworld need? What would be the preferred mode of transportation? Where would people live, eat and work? A lot of these questions were answered throughout the month as visitors added their own creations to Skyworld. We were able to get our Exhibits Team to r
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